CATMAT is Canada's
Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel. Its aim is to
protect Canadians who travel outside the country by disseminating information to
practitioners, the public, and to travelers themselves.
The Canadian Coalition for
Influenza Immunization maintains an attractive and information-rich,
yet fast-loading website on the flu and how to prevent it. The site is also
Communicable Disease Report is the official update on infectious diseases in that
country, similar in purpose and realization to the American Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
- Canada's flu vaccination site Blast the Flu (and in French, Méchante la Grippe) is provided by the National Influenza Immunization Campaign. It carries an especially valuable FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section in both sections.
The Canadian Immunization
Awareness Page, overseen by a coalition of ten national
organizations, has an attractive, quick-to-load website that carries all
basic information on the who, what, where, when and why of immunization. The
offered in French
as well as English; entering either version, the language choice is offered
right at the top of the page.
Doctor's Guide To Medical News is a quick
way for practitioners to keep up with news items, medical and otherwise. (But quick
becomes slow when you download the page with images, due to some attractive graphics plus
advertising with animation.) The page is produced by PSL Consulting Group in Montreal.
Information Network (HepNet) is a Canadian site that provides information and news on
hepatitis A, B, C and G. It currently carries a valuable update on hepatitis vaccination.
Advisory Committee on Immunization is the official body that advises on
recommendations for the use of vaccines currently or newly licensed for use in humans in Canada,
including the identification of high risk groups for whom vaccine programs should be
Vaccine Evaluation Centre (VEC) is the first formal center for independent vaccine
evaluation research in Canada. It is a joint product of B.C.'s Children's Hospital and the
University of British Columbia. The center is designed to facilitate independent studies
of a broad range of clinical immunization issues, with the goal of developing data that
will help health authorities select the best vaccines and strategies for use in